Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour old-fashion filibuster of President Barack Obama’s CIA director nomination began Wednesday and lasted well into Thursday morning.
Paul used his time in the Capitol Building to call on the President to answer questions about the federal governments use of unmanned aerial vehicles to target U.S. citizens.
“I won’t be able to speak forever, but I’m going to speak as long as I can,” said Paul.
“When we ask the president ‘Can you kill Americans on American soil with drone strikes?’ it should be an easy answer,” he said.
While Paul’s filibuster lasted long enough to grab the attention of the entire nation (#StandWithRand was the top trending hashtag on Twitter), his talk-a-thon fell short of senate record books.
Strom Thurmond holds the record for the longest filibuster — 24 hours, 18 minutes. The South Carolina senator was at the time a Democrat, who was railing against the Civil Rights Act of 1957. To pass the time, Thurmond read election statutes.
Republican Alfonse D’Amato’s 1986 filibuster over an amendment to a defense bill that would have hurt defense contractors in his state of New York is a close second at 23 hours, 30 minutes.